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Balkan Beauty Part II

Second part of my Balkan Trip. This time featuring Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia.

by kassandrafAbout Me:Hello, welcome to my profile! My name is Kassandra, I am 25 years old and I am from Germany. Ever since doing an exchange year in Binghamton, NY, USA in 10th grade, I've developed an extreme case of what we call "Fernweh" in German (a long... read more

EuropeMontenegro, Albania, North Macedonia8 days / September 2018

Highs & Lows

Having a whole little island to ourselves for one afternoon in Montenegro!

Being sick in Skopje while staying in a weird hostel with probably the most uncomfortable bed I've ever slept in...

Itinerary Overview

The second half of our Balkan Trip also had a lot to offer: from the beautiful coastline of Montenegro to enjoying nature and solitude on an mostly abondoned island to the vibrant city of Skopje. We definitely made some once-in-a-lifetime-experiences during this trip. Also accomodation-wise, we covered quite a lot of different experiences, from a very shitty hostel in Skopje to a very nice one in Tirana to the best Coachsurfing experience ever!

  • 4 Nights: Kotor
    Beautiful coastline and stunning old-town
  • 2 Nights: Tirana
    Colorful architecture from osmanian, fascist, and sowjet times
  • 2 Nights: Skopje
    Charming City that is the Birthplace of Mother Teresa

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Like I already mentioned in my report on the first part of our trip, it would have been nice to have a little bit more time at each location. Looking back, I feel like we rushed a bit from place to place and we could have taken more out of our trip if we'd stayed a little longer at each location. But we wanted to see as much as possible in a fixed amount of time so I guess that is the trade-off...

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    I caught a cold in Skopje and it was a bit sad to be sick during the last few days of our trip. On the other side, though, it caused me to be excited for going home to my own bed.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Definitely spend a bit more time researching hostels and reading the reviews. Most of the time, we just booked the cheapest option and after the two bad nights in Skopje I wished we would have invested a bit more money for a nicer hostel...

  • Packing tips?

    The usual stuff? I would say you don't need anything special during this trip.

  • Transportation Tips?

    From city to city I would recommend taking the bus, it's easy and cheap. Within a city, taxis are a good option and usually quite cheap as well.

Lodging

  • Coachsurfing: With our first host in Kotor we had a mixed experience, it was okay but not great. Our second host on the island however was amazing!

  • Tirana Backpacker Hostel Hostel has a really nice vibe with indoor and outdoor common spaces that are perfect for relaxing and meeting new people. Only negative thing is that I felt the hostel could have been a bit cleaner.

  • City Hostel - Sadly, this is one of my least favourite hostels I've ever stayed in. The staff was nice but the housing situation was weird and uncomfortable. We didn't stay in the main building which I think was the actual hostel with dorm rooms and a communal kitchen, so our experience might not reflect the situation there. We had a single room in a bulding just opposite from the main building and it was basically a room in a flat that looked like an old person had just died/moved out there. The furniture was old, the bed was actually a pull-out coach which was super uncomfortable, you could literally feel the springs, and we shared the flat with an old men who seemed to be living there? All in all quite weird so if you go there, somehow make sure you're in the main building, I think there it is actually like a hostel...